giovedì 23 settembre 2010

finally i finished this!

I finally finished Marabou Stork Nightmares!
"Irvine Welsh belongs to the new wave of Scottish writers, including last year's Booker prize winner James Kelman. Hailed as the chief scribe of Britain's youth culture, Welsh broke all the rules of the literary establishment in his previous novel, Trainspotting, and story collection, The Acid House In Nightmares, Welsh goes even further, employing multiple narratives, flashbacks, a variety of typefaces, and Scottish dialect, to tell the life story of Roy Strang, a soccer thug in a coma in an Edinburgh hospital room. As Roy drifts through different levels of consciousness, he relives the sordid past that brought him to this state, suffers interruptions from nurses and visitors, and travels around South Africa in his hallucinations where he and a friend hunt the marabou stork, a scavenger-predator that represents the inner demon Roy must kill. A difficult book that strains the reader to find any sympathy for its low-life characters, it is nevertheless brilliant in its description of the brutality of working-class life in Scotland."

a book full of strong language, poor Roy Strang. I recommend it.

2 commenti:

  1. You have a good thing going here :)

  2. I enjoyed this book. Welsh specialises in making you sympathise with characters you'd normally write off as scum. I felt the dream sequence bits where he's hunting the stork went on a bit too long though, preferred the flashback parts.